Evaluation Of Non-traditional Learning

General Information 

Mendocino College recognizes that people have equivalent learning experiences in many non-traditional learning experiences. Policies for providing such evaluations include: Credit by Examination, formal military service schools, and military service.

The Office of Admissions and Records will evaluate all non-traditional school credit upon a student's admission to Mendocino College and submission of the appropriate documents. The maximum credit for all non-traditional credit accepted by Mendocino College may not exceed twenty-four (24) semester credits.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should note that non-traditional credit accepted by Mendocino College may not be acceptable to the transfer institution. It is advisable to check with the college you plan to transfer to for their policies on non-traditional credit. Re-evaluation at the four-year institution may be of advantage to the transfer student since upper division credit may be allowed.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and USAFI/DANTES credit are not accepted by Mendocino College.

Formal Military Service Schools

Elective college units may be allowed for the successful completion of college-level training in formal service schools as recommended by The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. Veterans should bring copies of all documents relating to their military training to Admissions and Records.

Military Service

Mendocino College will grant six (6) elective units for military service if the person has: (a) spent at least one year in active service, and (b) has not received a dishonorable discharge. Active duty personnel should submit a copy of DD Form 295 (veterans submit DD214) to the Office of Admissions and Records for evaluation.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP Exams)

Mendocino College grants credit for successful completion of examinations of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Students may earn credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in which they earn a score of 3, 4, or 5.  A complete listing of the number of units and how they meet specific academic content requirements is available here. Scores are submitted by the student to the Admissions & Records Office for evaluation.  

Credit by Examination

Credit by examination enables students to use their acquired knowledge, abilities and competencies to challenge certain existing courses for units. The examination may include oral, written, or skill tests, or a combination of all three, and will be sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student has essentially the same knowledge and skills as a student who successfully completes the course.
Students may petition for credit by examination. Appropriate application forms are available from the Admissions & Records Office or in pdf format here.

  1. Credit by examination may be granted only:
    1. To a student who is currently enrolled at Mendocino College.
    2. To students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester units of college work with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
    3. To a student not on academic probation.
    4. To a student who has not earned college credit in more advanced subject matter.
    5. To a student who has met identified prerequisit(s)/ corequisite(s).
  2. The student's academic record shall be clearly annotated to reflect that the units and grade were earned by examination.
  3. Units earned under credit by examination shall not be counted in determining the 12 semester units of resident credit needed for an Associate Degree.
  4. Units earned under credit by examination are not considered part of the student's official program and will not be used for registration certification to Social Security, the Veterans Administration, or similar agencies.
  5. Credit by examination can only be taken for a letter grade with the exception of those courses designated for credit/no credit only. Courses taken for credit by examination meet major requirements, except those courses designated credit/no credit only.
  6. Courses where credit by examination is earned may not be repeated for credit by classroom attendance unless a substandard grade is earned (D, F or NC). A grade of incomplete may not be assigned.
  7. Each course designated may be challenged only once.
  8. The petition for credit by examination must be made prior to the end of the fourth week. The examination must be administered prior to the last day of the final examination period.
  9. A maximum of 12 units of credit may be earned by examination.
  10. A fee of $25.00 per unit is charged for each examination. This is non-refundable.
  11. Withdrawal from Credit By Examination is authorized under the same regulations as regular courses.
  12. The following courses have been approved for challenge by examination: Administration of Justice 103, 104, 200; Agriculture 102, 140, 147; Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies 101, 103, 104, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113; Art 70, 201, 202, 205, 206, 210, 213, 213.1, 213.2, 214, 218, 219, 222, 223, 226, 227, 231; Astronomy 200, 203, 204; Automotive Technology 15, 18, 140; Biology 200, 242; Business 50, 200, 201; Business Office Technology 51, 52, 62, 63, 70, 100, 100.1, 100.2, 100.3, 101, 101.1, 101.2 101.3, 102, 102.1, 102.2, 102.3, 110, 120, 130, 131, 132; Child Development 90, 100, 101, 106, 120, 125, 130, 180, 200, 201; Computer Science 64, 65, 89, 90, 110, 140, 201, 206, 209; English 200, 201, 205, 210, 215, 225, 245, 246; French 200, 201; Geography 201; Geology 201; Health 55, 110, 114, 115, 135, 170, 176, 182, 185, 200; History 200, 201, 210, 212, 221; Mathematics 11, 54, 55, 55.1, 55.2, 56, 121, 200, 210, 211, 212, 220; Music 207, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215; Philosophy 200, 210, 220, 230; Physical Science 210; Psychology 205; Real Estate 60, 61, 62, 63; Spanish 200, 201, 202; Theatre Arts 215, 216; Welding 75.

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